Happy Hour: Crank It To Eleven

  • FEMA has approved more than $118 million in aid for flood victims so far, and the Small Business Administration has doled out nearly $10 million in loans. [WTVF]
  • We’re not sure what to think of this new public art installation, but anything that involves a “massive and indestructible crank” (challenge!) at least deserves a chance, right? [WKRN]
  • May hasn’t been a huge month for tornadoes in Tennessee, relatively speaking. We’ve had 14 touch down this year, and that sort of pales in comparison to the 43 that touched down in May 2002. [WTVF]
  • We always meant to visit Dairy King, and if they ever rebuild it, we want a piece of that deep-fried chocolate pie which will probably someday kill us. [WKRN]
  • Belmont will be hosting a pre-primary gubernatorial debate in July, which isn’t nearly as cool as the Presidential Debate. But few things are, really. And “Debate ’10″ doesn’t really have the same ring to it. [WSMV]

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  • matt

    Why are they ugly? The ugliest ones I’ve seen are the ones on 8th Ave S a couple of blocks south of Zanies. I actually like 5th & Main. It’s well proportioned, aesthetically pleasing, and is harmonious with its location while still be interesting (though I wish we could have voted on which restaurants bought space there).

    • Mostly because of the paint color. They used who different shades of red that are close enough together that you wonder if they actually intended to or if they just ran out of paint halfway through. The ones that aren’t visible from the road don’t look bad, but the red ones… yuck.

  • Lalaroo

    Yeah, I think 5th and Main are really cute as well. I love modern design, though, so maybe that’s why I like them and you think they’re atrocious?

  • Little Me

    Yeah, I think they’re attractive as well. I’m just thrilled that they’re not yet another fake neo-classical pile like the library or the hideous Schermerhorn.